I wish you could hear the wind where I am right now. Then you might begin to understand with me that the old literary commonplace about the wind sounding like a human voice–moaning, screaming, calling–is more than just an old literary commonplace. It’s a blustery day at Whalehead Beach, the tide is freakishly high (at least it looks that way to landlubber eyes), and the ocean’s surface is frothy. The wind sounds like the voice of someone lost at sea (sorry, another cliche). A formation of large birds flies by, and I think of the Ancient Mariner’s albatross. I am also thinking about the climactic storm at Yarmouth in David Copperfield, and also about a Coldplay song, as you can tell by my title. I am so little acquainted with the ocean that apparently I am unable to think about it except in terms of books and music.
These pictures will make you think I’m exaggerating; I am too scared (and cold) to go down on the beach and get a better view. Anyway, you would need audio to really get a sense of what the sea is like right now.